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Wingman Oct 3, 2010 9:15 PM

Advice on visiting Rocky Mt. National Park, CO
I am heading to Rocky Nat. Mtn. Park, Colorado for 4 days of (what I hope to be) photo trekking.I am planning on staying in Loveland and visiting the park on a daily basis (i.e. no overnite camping). If anyone is familiar with the area, would appreciate suggestions for scenic hikes and drives both inside and in the area sorrounding the park. I am especially interested in areas where there are nice views of Alpine lakes, and waterfalls.


rlewis0083 Oct 4, 2010 10:24 PM

When are going? I went in the summer and did a backpacking loop that took me across Flat Top Mtn. Big time views but it is about a day and a half hike in from the west side of the park. I did not make it to Longs Peak but I wish I had. Gorgeous views there from what I have heard. Best advice would be to get off the road that goes through the park and take some short hikes.

Wingman Oct 5, 2010 7:26 AM

Am heading out this Friday and will be there through Monday. I'm hoping that Trail Ridge road will still be open for the season and that the weather will be suitable for hiking and some photography.

rlewis0083 Oct 5, 2010 8:55 PM

You could be cutting it close for snow. I have never seen the park with a blanket of snow but would love too. We stayed in Estes Park at a place called the Rams Horn VIllage or something like that. Very, very nice place to stay. I would recommend it.

You need to make your way over to the town of Grand Lake. Very scenic. We stopped and had lunch there but I would like to have had longer than a couple of hours there. Keep your eyes open for Moose if you make it over there. Unfortunately the only one we saw had just been hit by a Subaru. It was a draw on who won that accident.

I hope you enjoy your trip. It is a great place to visit.

Wingman Oct 7, 2010 7:04 AM

Thanks rl....have been watching the weather and it is supposed to be in the mid to upper 60's. Will try to make it to Grand Lake per your recommendation...sounds like a good day trip from Estes Park along Trail Ridge Road.

rlewis0083 Oct 18, 2010 7:50 PM

When do we get to see some shots from your trip?:D

Wingman Oct 18, 2010 9:33 PM


Originally Posted by rlewis0083 (Post 1156347)
When do we get to see some shots from your trip?:D

Just about got them are some to start with. Overall it was magnificient...the U.S. National Parks have yet to dissapoint me and I can't wait to go back for more! Unfortunately, Trail Ridge Road was closed at Rainbow curve due to weather conditions. We travelled on it as far as we could, and hiked a bit more after that. The alpine lake trails were magnificient. Got to try Flat Head the next time. You may recognize some of these from your visit as well!

We hiked the trails from the Bear Lake trail head to Nymph Lake

and on to Emerald Lake

In some elevations, the Aspen were a blaze with color

This was on the Aluvial Fan trail

Saw some wildlife along the way

And I would love this commute (heading into Estes Park) each day!

And this commute back:D

rlewis0083 Oct 18, 2010 10:14 PM

They are all great shots. I love the Aspen when they are turning. Nothing like standing under them with some bright sunshine with the wind blowing.

mtnman Oct 19, 2010 9:33 PM

Wow, fantastic photos, Jelpee. It's great to see what Emerald Lake really looks like. When I was there in May '09, Emerald Lake was covered with ice, and the talus slopes surrounding the lake were covered with snow. It's a gorgeous national park, and in the coming years, I hope to find a way to visit again.

Steven R Oct 25, 2010 2:26 PM

Really pretty scenics! Glad you had a good trip.

Steve R.

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